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Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

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Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

I will be staying in Brussels, but we're taking a tour to Ghent and Brugges in one day (Feb. 8th 2005).

We'll be in Brugges for about 4 hours and I was wondering if that's enough time to see the place.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

You can certainly get a taste of Brugge as it is not a very large town. However we fly over frequently from Manchester for a long weekend and are never short of things to do - particularly if there is a good art exhibition on, which there is from time to time. You can spend several hours lingering in one of the cafes that ring the main square!

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2. Re: Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

For sure one day 'd be lot better

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3. Re: Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

I think so. Its pretty but very touristy. If you have time and your a chocoholic, there is a chocolate museam there. Its pretty easy to get to and they talk about the history of chocolate. And you get to see a demonstration of them making some too (and a free sample!) :) (Its way better than the one in Brussels).

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4. Re: Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

4 hours is definitely enough to get a good look. This is a very touristy town. The prices are a bit high as well. We spent about 4 hours there and feel it was enough. Enjoy!!

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5. Re: Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

4 hours is certainly enough to gain a feel, depending on what you do...but we spent 3 days and felt a little cheated at the end; Brugge had crept into my soul and we didn't get anywhere near enough...One of the reasons it's a tourist town is because it's so beautiful. And so quiet. Historic tourist towns are always better with a night's stay. I live in one...

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6. Re: Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

I spent 2 nights in Brugges last September and really enjoyed it. I would reckon that 4 hours is not enough - sure you'll get a flavour of the town but will leave frustrated at not having more time there. It is compact and easy to get around, a good walking town, but also you can do the toursity things like going on a canal trip which is actually ok. Brugges has some great places to eat & drink so you'll miss out on that side of things if you only go for a few hours. Give it at least a day (and one overnight). Oh, and we didn't think it was so expensive really.

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7. Re: Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

One thing to do is eat chocolate! They have some of the best chocolate ever! Have fun!

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8. Re: Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

As a Belgian I can assure you Ghent and Bruges in one day is impossible.You'll have to choose and I advice Bruges.You can easily do it on foot and there are plenty of good chinese restaurants and also a three star one (in the Michelin)The touristinfo office(near townhall) is well organised and they speak many European languages

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9. Re: Is 4hrs enough time to see Brugges?

All depends on what you call "seeing a place". If it weren't for the traffic rules, you could take a motorbike and "see" the town in 4 minutes, North to South or East to West. On foot it will cost you less than 40 minutes. In 4 hours you can cross what the locals call "the golden triangle" where a few places of intrest are agglomerated together with a majority of lace shops (Chinese lace, that is), candy shops (with real Belgian chocolate, then) and cheap restaurants (that means: less expensive than most). Some people will tell you after after suc a walk that they have "seen" Bruges in four hours. If you really want to have a taste of that lovely medieval city, take at least 4 days. I remember meeting an American there once who was on a trip with a group: "They hadn't told me it was SO beautiful here. We spend only two days in Bruges, but one should stay at least a whole week ! ".

Personnally I would say: 4 weeks will do if you want to discover a few of the of the hidden beauties of Bruges in districts where the only tourists you meet are a few well-advised Japanese who make the visits on their own, guidebook in the hand.

I lived in Bruges for eleven years and never had a second too much to enjoy not only the referenced but also the less-known treasures of that beautiful little town.